Best of 2005

It's not quite the end of the year, but I'm going to go ahead and post my list of favorites. If I read anything that great in the next two weeks, I'll be sure to tell you about it. This year I'm not even going to try limiting to ten. I'll go by genre and just list my favorites for each.

We'll start with non-fiction, which of course covers a broad range of books. In no particular order:
Eats, Shoots & Leaves - hooray for correct grammar and punctuation!
Art & Fear - a great book for artists of any stripe
Blink - maybe a little long on theory and short on solutions, but still thought-provoking
Real Sex - probably the best book I've read about what chastity really means

Although Robyn thought I over-hyped it, The Time Traveler's Wife is still one of my favorite novels of the year, though I think that title goes to the excellent Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.
Other favorite fictions:
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer continues to amaze and astound
Mike Nelson's Death Rat! - possibly the funniest book I read this year
The Preservationist - what do you tackle after Noah? Creation? Forty years in the wilderness?
The Evolution Man - not quite as funny as Death Rat, but pretty close
The Sparrow - science fiction, this, but dealing with issues with some very real weight

Of course, I read more comics than any other genre, but I'll keep the list fairly short.
Jack Staff - those wacky Brits!
Marvel 1602 - Neil Gaiman's also British, but more brilliant than wacky
Epileptic - deeply moving, superbly illustrated, and true to boot
Earthboy Jacobus - wacky but not British
Astro City - my new favorite series (from a decade ago)

And finally, kid lit:
Peter Pan - oh, so that's why it's a classic!
The Chronicles of Narnia - yeah, so the movie's great. Read the books!

Hope you've had a great year, and may 2006 be filled with good books!

Fed to jonathan's brain | December 18, 2005 | Comments (0)


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